Travel Insights

April 2015 - Wots on in Napier?

April 2015 - Wots on in Napier?


Easter Weekend

 Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April

.......Another long weekend!!!

Time to take a break, chill-out, relax and enjoy some well earned time-off!


.......and don't forget the School Holidays are on after Easter and the long ANZAC holiday weekend




Easter Weekend
The Puketapu Pub Hunting Competition  


The Puketapu Pub Hunting Competition

in association with the Black Stag Hunting Club

Enjoy hunting, then this is the event for you!

Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April

The Puketapu


Golden Slipper

This is just the second time the Golden Slipper race day has been held in Hawke's Bay. A race day which celebrates some first class racing both here and across the ditch at the Royal Randwick.

FREE admission

12.00noon to 7.00pm Saturday 4th April

Hawke's Bay Racecourse, Hastings


Hawkes Bay Racing
 Easter Highland Games  


Easter Highland Games

Grab your kilt, bagpipes and the rest of the clan and head to the Easter Highland Games for a weekend of Scottish traditions and non stop fun...

8.30am Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April

Lindisfarne College, 600 Pakowhai Road



National Basketball League

As regular semi finalists and finalists, and Champions in 2006, with a strong team and coaching panel will they be champions in this year?

Watch the Hawks journey to the business end of the League.


  vs Nelson Giants - Saturday 4th April

  vs Wellington Saints - Friday 10th April

  vs Waikakere - Saturday 18th April

7.00pm Pettigrew Green Arena, Napier

   Hawkes Bay Hawks
 Day light saving  


Daylight Saving Ends


At 2am it's time to turn the clocks back an hour!


Saturday 4th April


Ranui Farm

Loads of fun for the whole family!!!

Enjoy a mountain bike ride, go for a walk or run along one of the many tracks, see animals, have a go at Archery, Golf Challenge, Paint Ball and the 70 metres waterslide

9.00am to 3.00pm Sunday 5th April

Ranui Farm, 785 Nichols Road

15 minutes SE of Waipukurau


   Ranui Farm Park
 Festival of Hockey  


Festival of Hockey

See the best players, from the best teams, playing one of the fastest ball games in the world!

The New Zealand Blacksticks women will take on Argentina, Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and USA at the brand new International Hockey Turf at the Hawke's Bay Regional Sports Park.

Tuesday 7th to Saturday 18th April

Regional Sports Park, Hastings & Park Island Hockey Turf, Napier


Go-4-12 NZ Secondary Schools adventure racing champs

Teams of four will face both physical and mental challenges while covering a picturesque mystery course involving up to 10 different adventure activities, such as mountain biking, kayaking, rope skills, navigation for 12 hours non stop.


3.00pm Friday 10th to 12noon Monday 13th April 

Kuripapango (Ox Bow) Campground,

Kaweka Forest Park, Napier - Taihape Road

NZ Secondary Schools Adventure Racing Champs
 Offshore Power Boat Racing  


NZ Offshore Power Boats

Thunder on the Bay!

The fifth round of the NZ Offshore Powerboat series.

As they thunder across water at speeds up to 200km/h the roar of engines is spine tingling!

Get up close and personal before or after the races and with excellent race viewing points.

A FREE event not to be missed!.

Saturday 11th April

Ahuriri and Westshore Waterfronts, Napier


Specsavers Hastings Half Marathon

A picturesque fast 21.1km course which winds its way out into the countryside and back.

Not up to a half marathon, why not try a 5km to 10km run or walk.

Spot prizes!

7.30am to 12.30pm Sunday 12th April

Anderson Park, Te Aute Road

Havelock North

Specsavers Hastings Half Marathon
 Club National Road Cycling Champs  


Club National Road Cycling Champs

The Club Road Nationals each year attracts the best age group road cyclists from across New Zealand.

It is the pinnacle that all road riders aspire for the chance to compete in each age group for the honour, prestige, and bragging rights of being a National Champion!


Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th April

Puketapu, Napier


Hawkes Bay Gold Cup

The Hawkes Bay Gold Cup is one of New Zealand's oldest Racedays, first run over 150 years ago!

This outstanding Raceday has a long standing tradition of top thoroughbred racing action.

With live music, kids activities, free sausage sizzle and much more, there is loads of fun for the whole family.

11.00am Saturday 16th April

Hawkes Bay Racecourse, Hastings

Hawkes Bay Racing
 Country 2 Coast  


Country 2 Coast

Country2Coast is a non-competitive family fun event.

This year there are three exciting new routes on the HB Trails all finishing at Farndon Park in Clive.

  • 8km run or walk starting at Grange Road Reserve Haumoana
  • 15km run or walk starting at Perfume Point, Hardinge Road Napier
  • 20km run starting at the Puketapu Pub

The walk/run events will be timed, but it is not a race and there will be spot prizes only.

8.30am to 1.00pm Sunday 26th April


PLUS! PLUS! PLUS! There's so much more to see and do here!!!!